Camp Hearne Historic Site announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Camp Hearne Historic Site has participated in this program from its inception and is honored to once again be listed among the many nationwide museums that wish to give back to our veterans and their families. For a full list of museums nationwide, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“Although our admission is free to all visitors,” said Executive Director Cathy Lazarus, “being part of this program helps us show everyone we have a special welcome for our veterans and their families and thank them for their service.”
Blue Star Museums takes its name from a service flag which may only be displayed in the residence window of the immediate family of an active member of the armed services during any period of hostilities where the United States forces are engaged. Each blue star represents one service member. A gold star is sown over the blue star to pay tribute to the fallen. During WWII, such displays of family support and loss were commonplace. Today, this practice is again appearing in military family windows.
“We are quite aware of the importance of home front support for our soldiers.” Ms. Lazarus continued, “We want to show these veteran families we ‘got their six’ as well.”
Camp Hearne WWII POW camp is located northwest of Hearne off FM 485 and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm. A special Remembering D-Day living history event will be held Saturday, June 11 from 10am to 4pm in honor of the men and women serving during WWII. For more information, visit www.camphearne.com or call (979) 314-7012